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Huntington Beach : City Will Fight Litter in ‘Clean Sweep Week’

The city, the Chamber of Commerce and several youth groups will sponsor “Clean Sweep Week” April 21 to 27 in an effort to heighten community awareness and clean up litter.

Buttons and flyers placed in area schools, businesses and civic groups are encouraging residents to clean up their property throughout the week, said Mike Selna, chairman of the Huntington Beach Environmental Board.

In addition, “Captain Cleanup,” otherwise known as Huntington Beach High School teacher Bill Morehouse, has donned a body suit, cape and mask to tour area schools and neighborhoods to publicize the event.

The weeklong effort will culminate in a trash bash of sorts April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m., when the city will be divided into 80 squares, each to be manned by a team leader and 10 to 20 litter-collecting volunteers.

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Afterward, participants will be rewarded with free hot dogs and soda at Central Park, Selna said. “It’s a chance for people to experience some civic pride and have fun at the same time.”

First, though, the city is busy trying to round up about 800 volunteers. “We’re looking for anyone who’s interested in helping the city clean itself up,” he said.

Team leaders should be at least 14 years old, “environment-oriented and want to work with community service,” he said.

Those wishing to help should call 536-1301.


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